Vacancy -- Protective Security Manager X2

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Permanent Secretary's Group
Departmental Security Unit
HEO - £30,600 - £37,410
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Permanent. Applications are also welcome from people on a secondment or loan.
Pan Wales, Other location
Ministerial engagements take place throughout Wales during the whole week (including evenings and weekends). The amount of travel varies between once a week to several times a week and can be at short notice. Occasional travel overseas may also be required. You will receive time off in lieu for evening and weekend work.
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

These posts involve providing protective security to Ministers and contributing to the wider remit of the Departmental Security Unit. You will work closely with Ministers and the police, provide general security advice to Welsh Government officials, and develop and maintain security policies. You will be required to attain National Security Vetting to SC. 

Key tasks:

  • Work with the police and external contacts for VIP events and engagements.
  • Prepare risk assessments – assess Ministers’ diaries, identify areas of potential risk to Ministerial engagements and evaluate relevant threat assessments (e.g. notifications from the police about planned protests).
  • Ensure that appropriate security arrangements are in place for public events attended by Ministers – this includes advance reconnaissance of venues and attending events.
  • Assist the Chief Security Officer to review Welsh Government security arrangements (e.g. inspections, security sweeps).
  • Attend security meetings with colleagues from UK Government departments and other Devolved Administrations as necessary.
  • Assist colleagues in the Departmental Security Unit and contribute to the wider remit of the Division (e.g. investigations, project work, inspections, presentations, responding to staff queries).

Development opportunities:

These posts offer opportunities to work at the heart of the Welsh Government with stakeholders and a wide range of security experts. In addition to protective security, you will develop your capability and skillset by being involved in a wide range of physical security work. 

Closing Date:

03/08/2021, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Can read some basic words and phrases with understanding
Can hold a basic conversation in Welsh
Can understand parts of a basic conversation
Can write basic messages on everyday topics

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


  1. Changing and Improving - Be prepared to take managed risks, ensuring these are planned and their impact assessed.
  2. Making effective decisions - Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular.
  3. Collaborating and Partnering - Deal with conflict in a prompt, calm and constructive manner.
  4. Leading and communicating - Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner with all stakeholders and stand ground when needed.  

Job Specific Criteria 


  1.  The ability to assess risks and provide a proportionate level of protective security at events and engagements.
  2.  The ability to provide updates and briefings to Ministers and Welsh Government officials on a range of security related topics.
  3.  The ability to respond to and deal with unforeseen events, including potential conflict.


  1. Demonstrable experience in providing protective security/close protection at public events.

Assessment Process

Assessment Process

There are three stages to the Assessment Process:

1. Application Form

When completing the Application Form for this opportunity you will be asked to provide evidence (using real examples) of your knowledge, skills, experience and ability in the eight HEO Behaviours listed above (4 Competencies and 4 Job Specific Criteria). This is the most important part of your Application Form and will be assessed by a recruitment panel at the Sift Stage.

2. Sift Stage

The evidence you provide in your Application Form will be assessed by a recruitment panel. If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend an online interview using Microsoft Teams.

If you are not successful at this stage, your application will not progress to interview and you will be notified of this outcome.

3. Online Interview

The online interview will take place over Microsoft Teams and will consist of two parts:

1. At the start of the interview, you will be given a scenario-based task. You will be asked to consider specific scenarios and, following some preparation time, you will explain your response to the recruitment panel.

2. You will then be asked questions exploring the competencies that you have been asked to evidence in your Application Form.




Other Information

Kath Jenkins - 03000250339

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.